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breaking news tonight. tornado outbreak, tornadoes on the ground, twisters, bui buildings demolished, a coffee shop flatt flattened. >> people just got run over. trouble in the tropics and alarming forecast check. frantic race against time in italy. scores dead and injured and the army mobilizing a massive rescue mission to find so many buried alive. an american university horror, terrorists storm the campus in kabul, an hour-long siege and teachers and students tracked. racist hack attack, star leslie jones, the target of privacy issue. and out pouring of support.
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woman never gave up hope someone would finally believe her. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, it is late at night in central italy where an urgent effort is still under way to free possible survivors in an -- from the rubble of an earthquake that has killed 153 people. and officials are assessing the damage from at least two powerful tornadoes that rolled through late today hitting homes and businesses and cutting off power to thousands. much of the region is under a tornado watch until late evening. let's get details now from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: as the first reported tornado steam rolled through central indiana late today, diners took cover. some had nowhere to go and no
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time to run. >> oh, my gosh, starbucks just got blown over. there's people in there. >> reporter: witnesses slairng menacing twister knocked off the coffee shop in seconds and you can see the roof crashing down with some trapped inside. help arrived quickly. >> me and two other guys managed to get the door hinges off and pop the door hinges out and get everybody out. >> reporter: the fast moving storm flew across the midwestern flames close to 3:30 p.m. roofs, trees and power lines sheared along the path of destruction. >> joe and hope gardner are lucky to be alive. their house spared. >> my gosh, a mess. >> disaster everywhere. i'm just thankful my kids weren't here. >> reporter: this week, twisters have shown little mercy, rumbling across at least three states. tonight, indiana's governor is headed back to the storm zone, asking the country to pray for "the hoosier" state.
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miguel, msnbc the death toll cli nbc c news. in central italy, the death toll climbing to 159 after a 6.2 earthquake struck over night as people slept in their homes, demolishing a trio of picturesque villages and exhausted searchers remain at work tonight racing against the clock braving jarring aftershocks trying to pull the injured to safety with bulldozers and even their bare hands. bill neely is there with the latest. >> reporter: it's the dead center of a broken turn, bodies in the rubble and rescuers desperate to save lives. amatrice was hit ha hardest by a quake that started at the worst time of day, stopping the clock at 4:30 this morning as etch slept. from this apartment they pulled body after body, people stunned and moments of hope, too, on this old man on oxygen but alive.
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times reduced to rubble and dust by a quake felt 100 miles away. >> it's terrible. it's like a bomb fell down on it. there's nothing there anymore. >> reporter: just visible under concrete blocks an 80-year-old woman, her daughter killed and resc rescuers saying stay calm. and another airlifted out while the town still shook. and an 8-year-old pulled out after rocking fragile buildings all around, the crowd applauding in relief. there are rescue operations on every block of this town which has always lived with the threat of earthquakes and on a fault line but always escaped disaster until today. this is amatrice before and after. one of italy's jewels crushed, almost every building cracked or destr destroyed. what is the hope of survivors?
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>> hope is very very light. >> reporter: the bodies lay outside. a few families tenderly saying good-bye. it's a small town. everyone knows everyone. now, amid broken buildings, broken people and a rising death toll. many survivors are sleeping outside here tonight. they don't dare go back into buildings that could collapse like this one, with good reason. in the last two big tremors in italy, the strongest earthquake in the sequence wasn't the first one so this could get worse. lester. >> bill neely in italy. thank you, bill. back to the weather in this country, a brewing storm in the tropics and forecast track that has a lot of people nervous in florida. meteorologist, dylan dreyer is tracking every move. where's all this headed? >> it is going to head into the bahamas and perhaps the gulf of mexico. right now, it is just a tropical wave.
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this storm developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next 48 hours. it will move through water temperatures running 80 to 90 degrees and that could be enough to help strengthen this storm. the models are in agreement the storm should be in the bahamas by friday. they're also in agreement it should approach southern florida by the time we get to sunday. this is where they differ. the american model takes it on the east coast of florida, a much weaker storm but the european has this perhaps as a major hurricane getting into early next week. that is something we have to keep an eye on. >> thanks for the update. a recent attack at a college campus has left one person dead and several injured. gunmen stormed an american university at afghanistan's capitol, where many americans are on staff. u.s. troops were launched to the scene as america's longest war appears to be resur resurging. here's nbc's richard engel. >> reporter: it's long been a target, a symbol of
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american values and education. the coed american university in kabul. today, it was hit hard, first an explosion and then gunmen rushed in. trapped inside, american faculty and mostly afghan students. >> my wife called me from canada, and i just told her probably i may die here. >> reporter: afghan special forces stormed the campus and american troops also deployed to help. just two weeks ago an american professor at the university and an australian were kidnapped. >> it's outlandish to have something named american university with american professors in downtown kabul. >> reporter: the white house today praised the work of afghan security for forces. >> this underscores a significant challenge but we continue to see skill and professionalism of afghan security forces improve. begin >> reporter: if things were going
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canceled a planned withdrawal of more than 4,000 u.s. troops. over the past several months, the u.s. military has dramatically increased operations. just yesterday the pentagon announced the death of an american soldier there. >> the war in afghanistan has intensified in a major way over the last several months. now, it's unclear how much longer american personnel can remain teaching in kabul. >> 15 years in. >> 15 years in. >> thank you. to presidential politics now, nbc news has learned hillary clinton will receive her first classified intelligence briefing as a presidential nominee on saturday at an fbi office near her new york home. meantime, donald trump is out on the campaign trail continuing his new push to appeal to minority voters, a tough sell as polls show him trailing hillary clinton badly with american latinos and african-americans. and what he is now s saying and the way he
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proving to be controversial. >> reporter: call him the comeback kid, he hopes. donald trump arguing why not to black and latino voters in tampa today. >> to the hispanic voter, who have been absolutely treated terribly, i say, what do you have to lose? to the african-american parent, you have a right to walk down the street of your city without having your child or yourself shot. >> reporter: his hard line stance on immigration slashing his support among hispanics to historic lows in battleground florida. now, trump is recalibrating. >> there certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. >> reporter: the crowd in tampa, mostly white, just like the line for trump's second rally in jackson, mississippi. >> he needs a broader base and the republican party needs a broader base. >> reporter: the city of jackson is 80% african-american but his recent appeals fell flat with black voters today.
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i just don't. >> the african-american community didn't deal with trump and he didn't deal with us prior to the election. that's just the way it is. >> we have a lot to lose if we get the wrong person in office. >> you should try to get votes from every person across the country and every american. will he be able to erase his statements over the last 13 months? absolutely not. >> reporter: trump's campaign is hoping outreach in not only two but in every minority communities will help diversify his support. he said his poll numbers among african-americans and hispanics have gone way up. frankly, lester, that is not true. >> katy tur, thank you, katy. now to an nbc news investigation into the complex maze of donald trump's finances. as trump continues to resist calls to release his taxes, nbc news is taking a hard look at his money trail. cynthia mcfadden has more. >> reporter: donald
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>> i'm the king of debt. i love debt. >> reporter: in fact a three month investigation by the "new york times" revealed donald trump liked debt twice as much as his financial disclosure forms indicate, even though that was more than he was required to reveal under federal election rules. >> what's the bottom line? >> bottom line we found a lot of opaque ties and things hard to explain i think could be of concern to some people if donald trump were elected to the white house. >> reporter: on fox & friends, trump dismissed the time's story saying it shows how small his debt-load is. >> i have very little debt relative to the assets. i have massive assets. >> reporter: it's those assets that are now raising questions. first, how rich is he? is he worth the $11 billion he claims or the $3 billion bloomberg reports? second, how much does he owe and to whom? >> i think we would need to know who he owes money to, he
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>> reporter: lawyer, ken gross, has helped democrats and republicans running for president with their financial disclosures. >> no president can be totally free of conflicts of interests particularly if they're wealthy and have a lot of holdings. disclosure would go a long way towards helping. >> reporter: for example the "new york times" reports trump owns 30% of this new york city office bui building with a debt of 9$950 million. among the lenders, the bank of china and goldman sachs. that captured the attention of the clinton campaign today. >> tell me how he can stand up to goldman sachs and a state owned bank of china when he continues to receive funds from a property he owes money to them to. >> reporter: the trump campaign hit back telling nbc news today that neither mr. trump nor his company were responsible for the debt associated with the limited partnerships. trump has further dismissed concerns about possible conflicts of interests saying he would put his assets into a blind trust en
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means he wouldn't know how those assets are managed. >> if i become president, i couldn't care less about my company. it's peanuts. i have ivanka and eric and don sitting there. run the company, kids, have a good time. i wouldn't ever be involved because i wouldn't care about anything but our country, anything. >> actually, to set up a blind trust in the u.s. executive branch is actually quite difficult. your children can't run it as a legal matter. >> reporter: and there's another problem, experts say a blind trust would only be truly blind if mr. trump doesn't know what's in it. so, would he have to say, good-bye trump tower? cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. still ahead tonight, the senator's daughter at the center of a firestorm, how she personally profited while her company hiker hiked the price of life- saving
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tonight, there is a growing anger against a growing u.s. drug company for raising the price of a life-saving medication by over 400% in the past eight years. millions of americans, especially children rely on epipens in the event of a potentially fayal allergic reaction. tonight we learn about a ceo
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his own daughter, ceo, her own compensation has grown millions. >> reporter: because it can save children from allergic reaction, the backlash is growing fast. in 2006, they charged $90 for an epipen two pack in 2010, 1$150, then 3$300, 40$400, 40$400, 5 $500, with a menear monopoly, 6$600. and a bipartisan outrage. >> it's price gouging, no other term for it. morally bankrupt. >> reporter: the price change reflects better product features and the value the product provides. as the price for the epipen rose so did her total compensation going to $19 million. ceo heather brescs
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finally tonight, no one would listen to her when she claimed the government owed her tens of thousands of dollars. after years of fighting a homeless woman finally found someone who believed her. it turns out she was right all along. >> reporter: for 20 years, rhonda witter was homeless in the nation's capitol, living in shelters and even calling this street corner home. >> this is where i used to live. >> reporter: but witter now 80, a divorced mother of four, was also stubborn. she knew the federal government owed her lot of money and determined to prove it. your daughter offered to let you live with her in tennessee. you said no, why? >> i just didn't want to leave the area until i got my money, until i got everything that was due to me. >> reporter: it started when witter lost her job as a machinist and couldn't find work. what was the hardest part for you of being homeless? >> i lost my freedom and my independence. >> reporter: when she started
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